OAFC BBS - All Topics: Archive: How Good is Dan Johnson?
I haven’t seen the guy play. His numbers are sick. But…he didn’t get a cup of coffee last year, and doesn’t project to make the team’s opening day roster. Yeah, we have a log jam w/left 1st-base/DH-types, but I’m thinking if Johnson was the “Real Deal” wouldn’t we have seen him? Wouldn’t he have been a shoe-in for the Opening Day Roster? Wouldn’t Hatte/Rubi be expendible (as was Miggy when we had Crosby in the wings). If anyone’s seen Johnson, what’s your unbiased opinion of the guy?
Hatte is proven and cheap. Durazo lacks defensive skills, don't know how well Johnson plays defensively. I would think Hatteberg would go first if Johnson comes up. Seems Hatteberg is a Beane favorite.
No doubt. I just don't if Johnson is as good as his stats or if he's another Koonce?
If he is another Koonce, then he is a younger Koonce. And that warrants a shot. He will be an A come opening day.
This past October BA rated him as the 13th best player in the PCL. Of the top 13, at least 7 are now in the majors, including Swisher, Blanton, Jackson. Anyway, this is part of what they have to say about him.
Okay, is he good from what anyone's seen? I.e., good eye, compact swing, etc.
Oh, and the guy is an on base machine.
OKP, in part of BA's assessment, they said he had shortened successfully shortened his swing. He hits for average, takes his walks and has more than adequate power. In short, he almost sounds like a clone of Durazo, as the BA report seems to allude to.
He also suffers from vertigo which has cost him some games.
I just don't see how he's going to fit with this club while we have Hattey and Durazo. I think Hattey has one year left on his contract. If so, I would think that that is when we'd see DJ. Why would we carry 3 1b/dh guys? Isn't DJ a lefty as well? All lefties? Makes no sense.
There are enough at bats for all three. Hatte wore down last year and Durazo was banged up at the end of the year, too. Johnson has also gotten some work in the outfield. I don't see the A's sending him back to AAA - he has nothing left to prove there. Most likely, he will be broken in mostly against right handed pitching to give Hatte a rest at first, and occasionally to spell Durazo (with Hatte likely then moving to DH). HOpefully, this arrangement wil get the max out of Hatte and Durazo and give Johnson his break in year.
Gary you're feeding into my doubt. See, swisher looks good at the plate--regardless of his stats. Scouts look at a guys form as much as stats (of course that's anti-moneyball talk...but still...)
Jeff Bagwell has a strange crouch too. A lot of guys have unconventional stances (remember Carney's incessant shaking of the bat?). Whatever works is good with me.
Johnson has gotten better as he progressed through each level.
I am always hesitant about having guys platooning - especially a rookie. I would rather him just have a job - and stick to it.
It seems like he could be expendible if Barton is as good as advertised and moves to 1st (which is likely).
Yeah, but that's still a couple of years away from happening at the earliest. You gotta give this kid a shot to develop in the interim.
Agreed big 3 about hatte. just not an every day 1st bagger. plus his glove is rather so-so.
Again, I agree with BigThree and Adam. I think it is time to give the guy a shot. And if you do that, you can't leave him on the bench. Put Hatteberg there and see how it goes. Barton and Powell (who will also likely end up 1b/DH) are probably at least 2 years away. In the meantime, if the guy can hack it, then when one of the others is ready, we've got two guys in the middle who can get on base, hit and hit for power. What's to lose? Oh yeh, and they'll be cheap ... for awhile.
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